BBC Exposes Three Mediums
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BBC Exposes Three Mediums
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Although there is some evidence that shows that there are real mediums, there are many individuals who pray on others for large amounts of money. Never underestimate the power of greed and what people will do for money. BBC exposes three mediums who claim to be
psychic by creating a fabricated story.
False information was posted onto a website as well as a fictitious picture was used.
The name George "Bull" was used for a reason.
|In this documentary from the BBC, Danny
Robins wants to see if mediums get information through prior research of
their subjects rather than actual psychic powers.
enlists the help of Dr. Ciaran O’Keeffe, a parapsychologist who has
spent the last 15 years studying people who claim to interact with
ghosts. O’Keeffe tells Danny he has never seen anyone who he believed
had real psychic abilities.
has O’Keeffe write a story about the death of the fictional 1st manager
of a Victorian chocolate factory.
O’Keeffe says that this manager (an
angry, fat, American man by the name of George Bull) died after throwing
the last box of chocolates off of a wagon in the factory’s loading bay.
The noise of the box hitting the ground spooked a pair of cart
horses who dragged a wagon over his legs, severing them from his body.
Danny puts this story on the factory’s website and prints up pamphlets
containing the story before inviting three mediums to do an on-site
reading of the building.
He also puts a large picture of a man in the foyer of the building, with
a nameplate identifying the man in the photo as George Bull, the first
manager of the factory.
During the three readings, each psychic tells
Danny a story that basically matches what O’Keeffe has written, and
mentions George Bull’s full name.
The first psychic interviewed (Goldie) and the last of the psychics
interviewed (Philip), offer details about George Bull’s name and death
from O’Keeffe’s story without help from Danny.
The second psychic
interviewed appears not to have read O’Keeffe’s fake history, but
appears to be relying on techniques like those used in cold reading to
fish for information from Danny, and uses observations about his
surroundings (like the nameplate under the picture) to pick up more
details about the story.
After each psychic has told Danny some version of
O’Keeffe’s fictional history, Danny tells them the story and photo of
George Bull are fakes.
Dr. Ciarán O'Keeffe has achieved notoriety in the UK following his appearances on Living TV's paranormal television series Most Haunted and Jane Goldman Investigates where he performs the role of parapsychologist and paranormal investigator.
He also featured in National Geographic Channel's 2005 series Paranormal?. He is an open-minded skeptic on most paranormal phenomena.
Philip responds to this revelation by laughing, and
laughs more when Danny explains that the surname Bull was chosen because
the history of the factory was fictitious—basically a load of bull.
Danny treats Goldie to a reenactment of Mr. Bull’s death, complete with
men in horse costumes.
After Danny’s reenactment, she reiterates that what she saw in her trance was essentially the same as the story Danny and his friends have reenacted. When Danny explains that everything she has channeled came from a story that he and a parapsychologist made up, she congratulates him.
The remaining psychic (Kevin) responds to Danny’s revelation that all the details he has supposedly psychically discovered actually came from a fictional story by suggesting that the story may not be fictional after all.
When Danny assures him it is, because he paid to have this story written, the psychic asks how Danny thinks he knew the details of the story.
When Danny says the psychic has been probing him for information about the manager’s death throughout the tour, and read George Bull’s name on the nameplate in the foyer, the psychic denies this, claiming he couldn’t have read the nameplate without his glasses.
Philip attempts to explain giving O’Keeffe’s fictional information during his reading by claiming that mediums take information not only from the minds of spirits with whom they commune, but also from the minds of the living people around them.
Philip claims that because Danny was thinking about the fictional history, he may have pulled his details from those thoughts rather than the spirits he was trying to contact.
Goldie admits she cheated, but claims there was some truth to her reading as well. When she volunteers that she believes the building wasn't even a chocolate factory, Danny tells her that was the only part of the story that was true.
Once Danny has heard each medium talk about Bull’s death, and listened to their excuses for telling him details from a fictional story rather than stories of the building’s actual history, Danny and the psychics exchange polite goodbyes.
The video ends with Danny telling the audience that he thinks these mediums were really good, but only good at researching, storytelling, and repeating things they heard from him, not at contacting spirits.